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Seven by Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. Former Squeaky Wheel artist-in-residence George Bagdasarov of the Czech Republic returns today to the media center at 712 Main St. to present his newest film performance, "Blau Peru," which tries to coax a story out of found footage by manipulating it. Bagdasarov's performance of the film-based piece caps an exhibition featuring installations by Debora Bernagozzi, Patrick Cain and Thomas Stoll. The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. with Cain's performance of his audiovisual piece "Primary Binary."

2. If the skies allow, there will be three places in the Buffalo area to watch a major celestial phenomenon -- the Transit of Venus, which begins at 6:03 p.m. Filtered solar telescopes to watch the planet as it moves between the Earth and the sun will be set up at the Williamsville North High School Space Planetarium and the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg. For $5, you also can watch it from the roof of the Buffalo Museum of Science, which will provide solar viewing glasses. If you missed the previous transit in 2004, this is your last chance. Venus will next do its maneuver in 2117.

3. Offering their suggestions today for better bus service will be the ninth-graders from Buffalo's Tapestry Charter School. For two months, the students studied how other large cities provide transportation for their high school students, and they have some ideas for a new plan for public school bus passes. They'll present their findings at 10 a.m. when Kimberley A. Minkel, executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, visits the school at 65 Great Arrow Ave.

4. Recent feature films scheduled to show up today on home video formats include the action thriller "Safe House," with Denzel Washington as an ex-CIA agent under protection; the sci-fi action film "John Carter," with Taylor Kitsch as a Civil War soldier transported to another planet; and "Machine Gun Preacher," with Gerald Butler as a biker-turned-minister avenging evil in Africa. Over in the music racks, new CDs are expected from Alan Jackson ("30 Miles West"), Alejandro Escovedo ("Big Station"), Bobby Brown ("The Masterpiece"), Brandi Carlile ("Bear Creek"), Patti Smith ("Banga"), Shawn Colvin ("All Fall Down") and the first Beach Boys studio album in 20 years ("That's Why God Made the Radio").

5. Historic-home tax credits can be used by owners to do preservation work on properties within one of Buffalo's State or National Register of Historic Districts. Preservation Buffalo Niagara is offering a free workshop on how to apply for the 20 percent credit from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the carriage house at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. Preregistration is required. Email Josh Wilson at AllentownAssociation@gmail.com.

6. A cool $1 million will be awarded this morning for neighborhood improvements around the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. On hand for the 10 a.m. announcement at the casino on Michigan Avenue will be Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter and a variety of neighborhood activists.

7. Think of the Civil War, and the long lines of blue and gray troops come to mind. Rarely do we think of the war being fought on the water. But a big share of the war involved naval battles. Chuck Veit, author of "A Dog Before a Soldier," will discuss "How the Union Navy Won the Civil War" at 7 p.m. in the Conable Technology Building, One College Road, on the Genesee Community College campus in Batavia. The lecture is free and open to the public.